New Delhi: Udta Punjab has definitely been one of the most controversial flicks of the recent times. Amid all the political and piracy-based controversies the Shahid Kapoor-Alia Bhatt starrer flick finally released this Friday.
Director Abhishek Chaubey sets up his premise from the very first scene of the movie, where a person can be seen ‘discus throwing’ a packet of drugs. This brings out the story’s premise that drugs are literally ‘flying’ in the state.
The movie is based on the drug menace in Punjab where a pop singer Tommy Singh (Shahid Kapoor) is the role model of the youth. Unfortunately, Tommy Singh is a drug addict who cannot even make music without getting ‘high’ on cocaine. On the other hand, a doctor Preet Sahni (Kareena Kapoor Khan) can be seen struggling against the society with a motive of completely uprooting the narcotics from the state.
Sartaj Singh (Diljit Dosanjh) plays an assistant cop who feeds on bribes from peddlers whose trucks are packed with contrabands. Sartaj’s world turns upside down only when his younger brother develops an addiction and lands up at a clinic run by the Preet (Kareena Kapoor Khan).
Alia Bhatt has overshadowed everyone else in the movie as a Bihari migrant who somehow gets trapped into the never ending world of drug addiction and plays a counterpart with Tommy Singh in his struggle of drug-addiction and physical and mental abuse.
The story is woven with the threads of life of these four characters and can be counted as the definitive drama on the moral corruption of the society.
The Amit Trivedi music in the movie is really trippy as well as addictive.
The movie has a part-documentary-part-mainstream approach which is portrayed in a very intense dark shade with a heap of drugs, violence and abusive language.
Shahid Kapoor’s look and performance is spectacular. Kareen Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh did firm justice to their roles but Alia Bhatt beats everyone with her stellar portrayal of a Bihari migrant.
Controversies apart, this is a must watch for all adults!